A Mountain and More Ice

Ellie and Sophie stretching their smiles at the top of Mt. Monadnock on an unusually warm early March day

Rebecca and Mark have been working on various professional projects as the winter months pass to the transitional days of March with warm and cold rainy days and lots (and lots) of mud. The sap has run and been boiled to syrup (our neighbor Andy, who taps our sugar maples, dropped off a couple of quarts this afternoon). We have had a Saw-whet owl beeping in the woods; and, earlier this week, a bobcat passed below the kitchen windows on the back side of the house.

Ellie and Sophie with Max at his last high school hockey game in the friendly confines of the McCollum rink at NMH
Gotta love ’em McLaughlins

For Ellie, high school hockey came to a close a few weeks ago: a final game win over the Gunnery School, an overall season record of 9-15-3, and a potluck celebration of the two seniors graduating this year.

2016 NMH GV Ice Hockey
A Hogger pig pile ice hockey style
Door to the locker room 
Ready for another game

And then spring break began. Before we knew it we were off with Ellie to play ice hockey some more—this time in an invitational tournament in Stanstead, Quebec, regrouping with the Vermont Shamrocks U-19 team that will once again be competing in the USA hockey national championships at the end of the month.

2016 NMH GV Ice Hockey
Ellie on the bench

We will be up in Burlington, Vermont, for the next two weekends practicing; and then the nationals begin on the 31st. Ellie is spending some of her break visiting colleges, three this week, in fact.

Ellie and Sophie at the end of the 2015-16 season

And we will be taking the ferry across Lake Champlain to cheer Ellie’s friend and former NMH teammate Courtney whose SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals will be playing for the Division III college national championships this weekend.

Looking down at Courtney (#18) pregame before her team moves on to the quarterfinals 


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